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What is the Community of Observers?

It's a new way to connect with people who care about the ways our landscape is responding to changes in our ecosystems, especially the effects of shifts in weather patterns due to global climate change.


Observers are citizen scientists who watch and record the habits of specific birds, butterflies and wildflowers in the fields, forests and wetlands they know best. Observers also set up a weather station to measure temperature and precipitation. Over time, these observations will contribute to living maps that describe the nature of our region and how it might be changing.

Find how you can become a Fairbanks Observer.

The region we’re observing:

Map of the Community of Observers Region: Vermont, New Hampshire, Eastern NY, Northern MA & Southern Quebec

Sample Observations


Date: 4-12-14

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Albany, VT

Species: Northern Cardinal

Observation: 1 Cardinal singing from hedge row tree

Weather: warm, sunny


Date: 4-06-14

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Albany, VT

Weather: Lenticular cloud...huge...clear above/below


Date: 4-12-14

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Saint Johnsbury, VT

Species: Mourning Cloak

Observation: One mourning cloak fluttered by in the sun.

Weather: Sunny, 60's


Date: 8-12-13

Time: 8:30 am

Location: Saint Johnsbury, VT

Species: Common Mullein

Observation: Blooming in a more shady spot along the road.

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